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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. Goals: I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy. I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream. I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me.
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    Contessa's June Realignment

    Oh wow, I most definitely laughed aloud reading this! I can definitely relate to eating like a fourth grader whose parents are out of town! Lucky Charms for dinner? Kraft Mac N Cheese for breakfast! Yes, please! Oh wait, no! Lol. I wish you the very best on your Whole30 journey! I hope you find the results you’re looking for and that the knee feels better!! We’re all here rooting for you!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    This round has really been a round for trying new recipes. And I love it! I recognize that the global pandemic is tragic and is adversely impacting people all over the world, but working from home has been an enormous blessing for me. I have so much more time and because I'm not bouncing around living in two different cities, I feel inspired to try new recipes on the regular. It's so much fun! For myself and for anyone else who reads this, I wanted to document three new favorites: Sweet Potato Soup (5 Stars): http://meljoulwan.com/2013/01/02/paleo-sweet-potato-soup/ In N Out Double Double Animal Style Burger with Lettuce Bun (5+ Stars): https://40aprons.com/whole30-in-n-out-burgers/ Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash (4 Stars): https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-chicken-alfredo-with-spaghetti-squash-whole30/ I plan to eat the sweet potato soup every morning for the next 7 days and see how that affects my energy leves. I'm still struggling with energy this time around. But I recently realized that I used to eat sweet potatoes with a breakfast hash a lot on earlier rounds, something I no longer eat. So perhaps that has made a difference. Perhaps carb-dense vegetables early in the morning is a key for me. I'm going to give it a try and see how that goes! And let me just take a moment to talk about that In N Out burger... Oh. My. Wow. So good. Yum. I just can't even put into words how good that was. It was the onions. I could have eaten an entire bowl of them. I did eat several large spoonfulls... The sauce was meh. But those onions were pure happiness in my mouth. I shall be eating them again very soon! I'm not sure if I'm referring to the burgers with the onion or just the onions with that statement... And a note to anyone reading this... if you think Whole30 food is bland or boring or uninteresting, you haven't found the right recipes! Because this stuff is as good as any rotation of recipes I've ever had in my entire life! Is it a lot of research and shopping and food prep and cleanup? Yes. Most definitely. But it is also delicious!! I love that food that makes me feel so good can be so damn tasty!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    @SchrodingersCat Thank you! I appreciate you checking in to share your support! @ShadowInTheKitchen Thank you! I'm definitely finding that my spiritual re-awakening and taking better care of my body go hand in hand. It's a big part of the alignment that I am seeking! And I totally agree that discovery of self is really the start of becoming something new! I'm excited for the journey to continue on both fronts! Thank you for your support and best wishes to you on your journey!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 5 RESULTS Alright, well, I'm officially done with my Whole30 so I thought I would log my scale- and non-scale victories! I'm also planning to continue for another month, so I've added measurements, which I will compare in another 30 days. I lost more weight than I thought this round, but it felt a lot harder to see and feel the difference. Probably because it's less easy to notice weight loss when you only wear sweats! LOL. Much easier to notice when you're actually wearing real clothing, like business pants! I still continue to be disappointed that I don't have more energy but I really think it might just be the intensity of my spiritual awakening and my increased sensitivity to the energy around me (meaning I'm connecting more with the overall negative energy associated with the global pandemic). But... I looked up my max heart rate for my last three rides and it has gone down with each ride, despite maintaining the same speed! I also did a trail run last night and I felt good! So, my physical stamina and performance is improving, even if I'm not feeling it with my day-to-day energy levels! And that's okay! Weight Loss: 11.5 lbs Non-Scale Victories: Genuinely loving the food I'm eating Enjoying finding and playing with new recipes My insides feel healthy Feeling an aura of health surrounding me My resting heart rate is lower My heart rate during exercise is decreasing My skin is lovely Feeling in alignment Current Measurements: Weight: 194.7 lbs Bust: 37.25" Waist: 33.5" Hips: 45.5" Right Thigh: 28" Right Bicep: 14.5"
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Oh, I should also note that I ordered Michele Rosen's Paleo Baking at Home and once I get into the 170s, I fully plan to start incorporating healthy baking into my lifestyle. I expect that'll be another couple of months. It was delightful looking through the book and that fact is, I want sweet treats to be a part of my life. I just want to get to a reasonable weight first. And I'll need to set careful boundaries to help me with moderation, because I am most definitely an abstainer. I would say I'd read Food Freedom Forever, because I own it and it may have some helpful tips for me, but I have so many other books on my must-read list right now that it just isn't going to make it to the top anytime soon...
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    I still continue to love what I'm eating and I love the way I feel. I just feel healthy. Like, my insides feel good. I have an aura of good health surrounding me. It's lovely. And it makes me feel aligned. Aligned with the vision of myself that I hold in my heart. And aligned with the woman I want to be when I'm 80 years old - active and healthy, hiking some trail in a beautiful backcountry forest somewhere. That being said, I am still so very, very tired. I slept nearly 12 hours last night and I could have slept through the day. It continues to be difficult to get out of the bed in the morning. And I regularly feel like I could sleep 12 hours a night. But... I did have a tangible experience that says that maybe my body is growing stronger even though I continue to feel tired. I did a local mountain bike ride yesterday and I made it to the top in 39 minutes. The last time I did this ride, on Day 2 of this round, it took me 51 minutes. So that is most definitely progress! The fastest I found that I've done it this year, when I was doing it several times a week, was 38 minutes. So I nearly hit my best-ever time! Though at the time I had my best time, I was absolutely eating like garbage, but we'll just ignore that for now... So yay!! A tangible milestone that says this is good for my athletic performance! I should also acknowledge that I am in the midst of a spiritual re-awakening and it's very likely and very reasonable that that is consuming a lot of my energy. Think Sue Monk Kidd in The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Which, well, is precisely what led me down this path in the first place. What a remarkable and extraordinary book! It is no small endeavor to walk away from the Christian tradition that has been a lifeline my entire life and define a new spiritual path! So I acknowledge that and honor that here. Oh, and I think it's Day 28 for me. Ha. I have no intentions of stopping though. I'll go for a Whole45 for now and will likely extend beyond that. Honestly, I have zero reasons to not eat this way until I do a family trip to Utah in late July. At that time, I will probably indulge in some of my dad's incredible desserts. But, until then, there's just no reason not to continue. I really want to see this thing turn around for me in terms of energy. And I do feel like I'm losing weight and I need that to continue. I so wish I had taken before measurements! I have a weight, but I wish I had done measurements as well! Darn it! I guess I could do them now and see how they look in another month...
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    @ShadowInTheKitchen Honestly, my comment about weightloss might not be entirely true. Every day is like groundhog day around here so it may just be that it feels slower. Alternatively, it could be that I've lost and re-gained the same weight so many times that my body is starting to resist... I'm honestly not sure, but I was definitely eating as poorly as I've ever eaten when I started this round so it wasn't that! Thank you for the encouragement! Best wishes to you as well! @Blueautumn Thank you for reading my entire journal! Wow! I'm glad you found some inspiration through my words and experience. I will continue to post because I like the support and interaction here, it just isn't as frequent. :-) Best wishes to you! I hope you have just the experience you're looking for!
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    Binge-y on reintro foods

    I'm currently doing my fifth Whole30. At first, I would do the slow-roll reintroduction and eventually discovered that that just doesn't work for me at all. It's too easy for me to be thoughtless about the foods I eat when I do the slow-roll. I like the structure and more "scientific method" type approach to the formal, scheduled reintroductions. I was very thoughtful about the foods I chose to reintroduce, based on the foods I wanted to incorporate into my long-term diet, and I planned everything out in advance. I then documented how each one made me feel and ended up with a list of foods I thought were good for me and a list of foods that aren't so good for me. So yeah, for me, slow-roll just doesn't work. Perhaps consider trying the other approach (though I don't know if it would be effective to switch to that now)? Best wishes to you and congratulations on completing your third Whole30!
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    @ShadowInTheKitchen This might just be the best sentence I've ever read on this forum: "I didn’t throw out food, I threw out some chemical experiments that are marketed and sold as food and just happen to taste good." So sad, but so true. Hahahaha....
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    @BabyBear Of course! You're welcome! She is a recent discovery for me so it's been fun to experiment! My previous go-to bloggers have been Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan. Her Chic-fil-A sauce is something else! I might just drink it as soup sometime! LOL. I don't normally like making my own condiments (I normally buy) but that one is definitely worth it. I can't wait to try her P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps because I love, love, love those!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Day 22. I feel really happy with how I'm eating. It feels totally do-able (though working from home sure helps) and I've been finding all sorts of delicious new recipes. I truly and genuinely like eating this way. I'm eating food that nourishes my body. It feels good. My body feels good. My knee pain is virtually gone and I'm feeling leaner. Though the weight loss seems to be happening more slowly than in previous rounds. My skin is super clear. I have very few cravings. I'm good. I'm feeling good. I could probably still eat more greens and drink more water. I'll try to monitor that more closely this week. My biggest "complaint" is that I still struggle with energy. I'm just so tired. And exercising is tough, though I do it. Anyway, here are some new recipes I plan to try this week. I'll report back with how I like each of them! PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps: https://40aprons.com/whole30-lettuce-wraps-pf-changs-recipe/ Creamy Tuscan Chicken: https://40aprons.com/healthy-creamy-tuscan-chicken-with-artichokes-whole30-paleo/ Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Gravy: https://40aprons.com/slow-cooker-whole-chicken/ In N Out Burgers: https://40aprons.com/whole30-in-n-out-burgers/ Fish Taco Bowls: https://40aprons.com/whole30-fish-taco-bowls-paleo/
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Oh. My. Goodness. How were those In N Out burgers!? I looked up her recipe after seeing your reference here and they look amazing! Please, please tell me they are! LOL. I also saw that she has a recreation of P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps! I am so making those this week too! It sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the good work. I love seeing your list of NSVs each day!
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    It's also super useful to make homemade plantain chips... :-)
  15. I'm on Day 18 of my fifth round, so I'm a bit ahead of you but I'm happy to cheer you along and swap stories! :-) I also reverted to pretty poor food choices recently, so this is a kickstart to get back to eating in alignment with the woman I want to be!
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Oh it is sooo good! I couldn't even tell that it wasn't ricotta cheese! And the whole things really tasted like lasagna, though you knew that it wasn't pasta... I definitely recommend using a mandolin though. I just don't think you'd be able to cut the zucchini thin enough without one! Let me know how you like it! P.S. I love your new focus. I used to focus on having the "perfect Whole30" and now I focus on sustainability. How can I make this simple and enjoyable?
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Here are some of my favorites: Whole30 Chicken Nuggets: https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/ Lemon Butter Scallops: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/scallops-with-lemon-butter-sauce-and-herbed-cauliflower-rice/ Sesame Chicken: https://40aprons.com/whole30-sesame-chicken/ Salmon Cakes: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (I love this as veggies for breakfast): https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ And these two are definitely complicated and take a little bit of time but they are totally worth it! Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ Paleo Lasagna: http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/
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    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    @ShadowInTheKitchen Hi there! I hope you don't mind me popping in on your food log. I saw that you were looking for some gravy recommendations. I have two for you if you're interested! https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ (the gravy recipe included here is the best gravy recipe I have ever had in my whole life. so good.) https://nomnompaleo.com/post/4807547385/slow-cooker-roast-chicken-and-gravy (this gravy is also delightful and delicious) In general, if you are looking for new recipes, my very favorite food bloggers are Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan! So, if you like recipes, perhaps check out some of theirs. I'd be happy to share recipes all day long so let me know if you'd like to hear some of my favorites. I also have a great one for lasagna if you're into that... Best wishes to you! I'm currently on Day 17 of my fifth round!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Oh, and I purchased an entire gallon of pickle juice so I can make Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets as often as I want, which may be something along the lines of every other day...
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Day 15 today. Still going strong, though still struggling with energy. I've been eating three meals every day, which was a bit inconsistent in the past but isn't so much now that I work from home every day. I eat fat with every meal, though I do rely very heavily on ghee and bacon. I'm swapping out some bacon for avocado every other morning to see how that does. I'm eating lots of potatoes, at least one meal a day and oftentimes two. I may try swapping out white and sweet potatoes for some other carb-dense vegetables. Maybe some beets and some winter squashes. I'm not really sure what else to try... I struggled with very low energy on my last round as well but really thought it was due to a reduction in the amount of carbs (by relying so heavily on cauliflower rice rather than potatoes). Now I'm not so sure. Does this diet no longer work for me? I'm definitely going to finish this round. But I'm not sure what else to troubleshoot... Maybe I also need to go back to the old pre- and post-workout guidelines? I'm hiking every single day and tend to just take carb-dense baby food pouches, but maybe I need to try the whole pre- and post-workout snacks as previously prescribed. Guh, I don't know!
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    Round 4 - FIGHT!

    Welcome back! I'm currently on Round 5 and also suffer from an impressive ability to revert to poor eating habits, driven by laziness and convenience! I actually don't mind eating Whole30. I love the food and I love the way it makes me feel. But dang, it is so much work (I mean really, how can a single woman produce so many dishes!?) and I just cannot get into Whole30-approved convenience foods... But, we're here! We keep trying so we deserve some credit for that! I wish you the very best and hope your vertigo is cured once again!
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    Bipolar/Borderline

    @mazzystarslight Thank you for sharing a bit of your story and I wish you the very best of luck! It sounds like you're staying true and strong, despite your struggles. Congratulations! I don't personally have any experience with mental health disorders so I cannot offer you any insights, but I can say that I see you and hear you. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you the best! The easiest way to search the forum is simply to do a Google search (i.e., type "Whole 30 bipolar disorder" into Google). The first results are usually all from the Forum so you can click through those. Here is one that may be useful: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/36889-whole30-bipolar-and-sick-oh-my/.
  23. I just wanted to share this magical recipe with the whole world because it is oh-so-amazing! If you've been craving some delicious, flavorful chicken nuggets with some truly incredible dipping sauce, here you are! https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/ Go forth and enjoy!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Well, I had a false start there a few weeks. I stuck with it for a week and then reverted to the saddest of SAD eating for another week. I'm disappointed in myself but I'm also back again, so that counts for something! Here's to what will hopefully become a lifetime of healthier habits. I'm on Day 8 and feeling very, very tired. I hope my energy improves over the next week... On a good note, this is feeling very comfortable and I'm enjoying the food more than ever. Here are some of my new favorite recipes: Whole 30 Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets: https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/ (oh. my. goodness, these are the best thing ever. and the sauce, oh, the sauce!) Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy: https://nomnompaleo.com/post/4807547385/slow-cooker-roast-chicken-and-gravy (nom, nom, nom. one of the few times I ate until becoming uncomfortably stuffed because I just couldn't stop!)
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    Just turned 40 and starting the Whole 30

    @Hydrophiliac Welcome and best wishes to you! I'm on Day 8 of my fifth round! I'll be turning 35 in a few months and am doing this for lifelong health and alignment with the outdoor-loving woman that I am. I intend to be able to hike and bike and climb until the day I die and I know I need to take better care of my health for that to happen. So here I am, always striving to make this a permanent lifestyle change. Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like to share recipes or anything! Again, very best wishes to you! You got this!